The hatchback segment is a ferocious place to make a stand against competitors and even trickier to maintain a hard-earned victory. With millions of sales up for grabs globally every year, manufacturers throw a lot of resources into the B-Segment. Ford’s much loved Fiesta is undoubtably one of the best, if not the best, but it is coming under a lot of fire from the likes of Volkswagen. This new 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Zetec brings a few new tricks to the party as part of the models mid-life refresh.
Adopting the new Ford “family face” this Fiesta possesses a new ovular grill and more sculpted front bumper. Also note that the bonnet has a well defined bulge which adds a more muscular characteristic to this little car. Retaining its strong lines along its length, this 2015 Fiesta appears handsome in a cheeky sort of way. 15 inch alloy wheels add a slight premium tone along with the home work of this Zetec. Finished in Candy Blue, this colour may be unique but demands a hefty £725 to be on your car. All-in-all the new Fiesta looks as good as ever with pleasing proportions and modern styling.
Less has changed inside as you are presented with the same familiar dash and console layout. The mobile phone keypad arrangement on the centre console does age the interior, especially with the Ford Focus shifting to a new touchscreen display. That said, the likes of air conditioning is logically laid out proving to be ergonomic. The driving position, as with most Fords, is perfect. Plenty of adjustability in the seat and steering wheel means that all shapes and sizes will find a comfortable pose whilst driving. Durable plastics form sculpted surfaces and contrasting piano black inserts raise the perceived quality within the cabin. A nice touch on this Zetec car is its illuminated footwells and console features. Open the rear doors and there you will find seating for three on a split folding rear bench. Head and leg room are ok but some rivals do offer more space for passengers. It is a similar story with the boot. There is enough space for the weekly shop, but key competitors can afford you even more luggage space.
As the name suggests, this 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Zetec is powered by Ford’s multi-award winning three cylinder petrol engine. We loved this unit in the new Ford Focus and so it was inevitable that putting it in a smaller car would yield even better results. The engine is responsive and providing you are willing to work its 5 speed manual gearbox, you can make the most of its 99BHP. The 170Nm of torque afforded to the car by its turbo is handy for the gauntlet run that is the town centre. Whilst in a busy urban environment the Fiesta’s compact size is ideal for small spaces and the good all-around visibility makes driving easy. However, a lot of cars are good in the city… Where the Fiesta really stands out is on a dynamic country road. There is no arguing that this car has the best handling in its class. Steering is well weighted and very precise providing a nice connection between car, driver and tarmac. The ride is compliant but also this suspension setup manages weight transfer beautifully. Get a bit of a lick on and you feel connected to the car as you thread it through meandering bends. The EcoBoost engine is rev-happy and its lack of weight over the equivalent four cylinder further boosts the cars agility. A smile on your face is guaranteed after some playful driving. It is involving, accessible and utterly flattering the way this 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Zetec moves. Obviously driving in this manor will dent the claimed 65.7MPG combined figure quite dramatically. A more sensible motorway trip reveals more comfort than expected at higher speeds with only a bit of road noise making itself known in the cabin. A sixth gear would be our only wish for such journeys.
Is the Fiesta still the best small hatchback on sale today? Whilst its competition can give it a run for its money in terms of practicality, not a single one of them can match its handling. Combine that with its handsome looks, good economy and respectable price, we think it deserves to retain its crown. This 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Zetec came to £15,270 including its expensive paint. Emitting just 99g/km CO2 this little hatchback is our recommendation.